Broadway (aka “Southie”)
The spirit of old Boston is alive and well in this favorite part of town.
South Boston, affectionately known as “Southie,” was once best known as the home of notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger. But in recent years, this formerly gritty area has become a vibrant and growing neighborhood where you can find the spirit of old Boston alive and well — as well as some of the best eateries in town. Here, five of our favorites.
One of the establishments at the forefront of the revival of the neighborhood, this sprawling barroom is always boisterous and filled with a wide range of colorful personalities. The extensive menu at this quintessential Boston pub runs the gamut from sliders and pizza to braised short ribs with French onion jus and crispy fried onions.
425 W. Broadway, lincolnsouthboston.com
The strategy at this refined Japanese restaurant is to start simple and clean with the chef’s choice of nigiri and sashimi, followed by decadent pleasures such as maki rolls with spicy tuna, shrimp tempura, cream cheese and cucumber. To bring it home, opt for Korean comfort food staples like bi bim bap, bulgogi and yook whae jang. The prices are surprisingly reasonable given the quality of the experience.
674 E. Broadway, mokoboston.com
The menu here exemplifies one of the things Boston does best: Italian cuisine. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better bowl of linguine with clams or mafalde with pork sausage and broccoli rabe than the renditions found here. Few things pair up with the “big classics” like Capo’s extensive selection of Brunello di Montalcino.
443 W. Broadway, caposouthboston.com
The 100-year-old institutions boasts the oldest hand-carved bar in America as well as the first draft-beer pump in Boston. You can take in all of the history over a pint and a short one while establishing a firm base with comfort foods like shepherd’s pie and meatloaf with mushroom gravy.
80 W. Broadway, amrheinsboston.com
For Boston’s discerning oenophiles, there’s a shop whose knowledge and selection rivals any purveyor in the Northeast. Social Wines puts a special emphasis on boutique producers, and if you’re lucky you’ll show up during one of the shop’s tastings, which are open to the public.
52 W. Broadway, socialwinesbos.com